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Singer Toni Braxton has long been an advocate for autism education and awareness after she learned her son was on the spectrum. She’s also been very open and vocal about the importance of early diagnosis. In a recent sit down with “Access Hollywood,” she shared that now, her youngest son Diezel, who is 13-years-old, is no longer on the autism spectrum.
See what she had to say.
My youngest son— everyone knows— my son Diezel suffers from—or I should say suffered from Autism. I am one of the lucky parents. Early diagnosis changes everything. I will tell you this. I will shout it from the rooftops. My son Diezel is off the spectrum. Off the spectrum being autistic. Susan Wright, who unfortunately just passed from Autism Speaks, when she found out about my son and I she called me immediately and said ‘Get him in this program. Do this, do that.’ She’s been an advocate in helping me so much. I miss her already. I mean, I can’t believe she’s gone.
How is he?
No signs of autism. He’s our social butterfly. He’s the one who plays with friends and hangs out all the time. Very, very fortunate. And I don’t like to think there’s anything wrong with our babies. I just think they learn differently.
So great to hear!
And in other news, she finally said that she and Birdman are just friends and have been so for nearly twenty years. Also, good to know.
You can watch her full interview over at “Access Hollywood.”
Does one ever get “too old” to wear certain things?
It depends on who you ask, who that “one” is, and what “one” is wearing. And before you get your panties in a bunch and assume this is a race essay because I used Jennifer Lopez and Toni Braxton, pull out the wedgie — I’m just talking about age and style preferences. And with that being said, I’ll be brief, friends.
But back to the matter at hand. Just this past weekend, Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 47th birthday with a slew of celebrity friends. To mark the occasion, she stepped out in a sheer mesh panel Balmain jumpsuit. And according to FashionBombDaily readers who used words like “amazing,” “slayed” and “killed” to describe her style choice, she wore it better than women half her age:
This look was actually an increase in clothing for a Lopez birthday celebration. She also went the sheer, mesh route for her 46th birthday, wearing this risque number that everyone loved in Las Vegas last year:
But on the flip side, the reaction wasn’t as warm when Toni Braxton stepped out for the Neighborhood Awards this past weekend. Folks online used phrases like “She needs to start wearing clothes,” “When will Toni put some damn clothes on??” and “So over her naked-style dressing” to describe the 48-year-old’s look:
And such was the case when she went for another high-cut slit and sheer-paneled ensemble at the BET Awards last month. Not a lot of love (including from MN readers):
But as someone pointed out, risque has been Braxton’s thing since…well, forever.
Hey, at least she’s consistent. And like Lopez, her body at nearly 50 is pretty amazing. So why does she fail to receive the same kind of love?
And when is it okay to dress a little more revealing when ageists continuously say you need to cover “your old behind” up?
It’s a free country, so I would say anytime you want. It’s all a matter of what you put on. While both women have great bodies and every right to show them off, if I’m being honest, some of the styles Braxton has worn have been less than flattering over the last few years. Whether it’s the slits that reveal butt cheek, the mesh that stands out more than materials meant to shine, the odd placement of lace and sometimes the quality of the fabrics on her gowns, going for things that aren’t very well made and favorable to one’s frame can leave someone as gorgeous as Braxton sticking out like a sore thumb on every red carpet. And whether you’re 48, 47, or 28 and 27, it’s rarely going to look good on anybody. While Lopez has also shown off quite a bit of cheek and curve, very few of us would say that her ensembles look anywhere near tawdry.
But according to others, such looks, regardless of who made them, what they’re made of and how they’re made are not appropriate for women of a certain age. Let folks tell it, at a certain point you need to forgo the ensembles of your youth for more tasteful, modest looks. However, as the saying goes, you’re as young as you feel, and both of these women, in the best shape of their storied lives, clearly feel fantastic. They’re going to do what they want, and that includes styling on us while everything is still right and tight.
Still, for the sake of a good debate, what say you? Is their an expiration date for risque looks as you get older? And why do you think Braxton gets a bad wrap while Lopez’s style is often applauded?
Some may not be putting “respeck” on Birdman’s name, but Mama Evelyn, the mother of the five Braxton sisters is.
As of late, the rumor mill has been flooded with stories of Toni Braxton cuddling up and even hooking up with the Cash Money Records CEO. It all stemmed from Birdman’s appearance at Braxton’s Grammy Park performance in Brooklyn, New York. According to TMZ reports, the two were indeed together and have even hooked up in the past. Most recently, the pair were spotted taking in New Orleans together, holding hands.
Well, in a new sit-down interview with The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, a few of the Braxton sisters and Mama Evelyn, Toni’s rumored relationship came up, to which Evelyn described Birdman as someone she could definitely see her daughter with.
“I hope so! I think he is a nice man,” she said. “I don’t care what others say about him. He is a nice man. He is full of respek. Put some respek on it!” “I met him years ago. Toni been knowing him… 15 years ago something like that… Ever since I’ve been knowing that man he’s been phenomenal so let me say, I hope so,” she concluded.
Interesting. What are your thoughts on Braxton and Birdman’s budding romance?
When you settle in to watch a Lifetime biopic, you’re taking a risk. Especially if it’s about the life of a beloved Black woman. But when the family or the person whose story is being told has a hand in the telling of that story, there’s a good chance that things will go over well. See the VH1 TLC biopic and now the Lifetime’s Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart.
You would think that we already knew all there was to know about Toni Braxton. But the biopic revealed a couple of nuggets of good information like Toni not being able to talk about the fact that not only did she sue LaFace and Arista; but she couldn’t talk about the outcome of the case, (She won.), for ten years. We learned the severity of her health struggles, saw the shift in her family dynamic when her father’s infidelity was revealed. And we gained a bit more insight into the reason her marriage to Keri Lewis didn’t work out. But more than just tea, there were also some pretty great lessons we can learn from Toni’s trials and triumphs.
Check out five take aways from the tv movie.
Take Your Shot
In the very beginning of the movie, Toni and her sisters sing for LA Reid and Babyface. Unfortunately, the duo had already signed a girl group and they were only looking for a solo artist. And they wanted Toni. Yikes. It was a tough situation to put a young girl in, especially the eldest sister. But it was Toni’s father and brother who encouraged her to go for it. Her father, Michael, reminded her mother Evelyn that she too was offered an opportunity to sing professionally. Like her daughter, she was in a group as well. And out of loyalty, she turned the opportunity down. And her husband asked And how many shots did you get after that? Silence. Opportunity doesn’t always knock twice. And while Toni vowed to help her sisters, which she most certainly honored, she stepped out there on her own. Imagine what would have happened if she hadn’t.
When Toni first signed her record deal, Pebbles and LA kept talking about her artist budget. Everything was taken out of her artist budget. The clothes, the shoes etc. And while Toni had initial questions, after a while, LA Reid, told her that they could talk about all of that later. They certainly would talk about it later but not until the damage had already been done. Much of it was unavoidable but had Toni asked more questions, she might have had a better understanding of what could possibly happen.
Speak Up For Yourself
What I most admired about Toni, throughout the biopic, was that she stood up for herself. When she didn’t like what the musicians were doing to a song, when she wasn’t cool with the direction they were pushing her, whether she was ultimately right or wrong, she spoke up. And most memorably, when she learned that her finances had taken a hit, instead of cowering away, defeated, she sued the record company to (she thought) clear her name and and when she and Babyface reunited, she told him she wasn’t there to just do what he said anymore.
Listen to Your Body
Though she was diagnosed with Lupus until much later, Toni had been exhibiting symptoms of the disease for years, almost from the time she began her career. But she kept ignoring it, pretending like it wasn’t a big deal. Unfortunately, things had to go from bad to worse before she finally started listening.
Keep Fighting for Your Dream
Just when Toni became disenchanted with the music industry for the last time, she announced that she was retiring. But with the encouragement from some huge names in music and a push from her friend Babyface, she went back to it. And after the release of her comeback album, she and Babyface won a Grammy.
If you’re an avid watcher of Braxton Family Values, then you know the talented sisters have been anxious to put out an album together – a first since their 1990 debut, chart-topping single, “Good Life.”
25 years later, the singing sisters are finally making good on their promise and harmonizing in unity for the holiday season this year. Titled, Braxton Family Christmas, the LP features the pure, soulful sounds of Toni, Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar.
Earlier this week on Tamar’s hit daytime show, The Real, the ladies reunited, debuting “Mary Did You Know” from the highly-anticipated album. Press play and watch this amazing video as the sisters bring down the house with their impressive octaves.
You can purchase Braxton Family Christmas now on iTunes.
Earlier this month, we showed you a cast photo from Lifetime’s Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart. We honestly thought casting directors did a decent job with this project, but what do the Braxton sisters think about a the women who were cast to play them?
During a recent taping of “The Real,” which features the Braxton family, Tamar saw a photo of the actress who will be playing her for the first time—and her reaction was quite interesting.
“I haven’t seen anything about the movie yet,” Tamar told her cast members, prompting producers to pull up the photo.
Y’all know that Tay Tay is rarely at a loss for words, but she seemed speechless when she saw the photo. She did, however, manage to make one of her signature faces. We still can’t tell whether this means she approves or disapproves, but it’s hilarious to watch.
“You found somebody that acts like me? she asked Toni.
“Yes Lord,” Toni replied.
“You tried it,” Tamar shot back.
We must see this character in action.
As we told you earlier this week, Toni Braxton’s Lifetime biopic, Unbreak My Heart, is set for a premiere date of January 23. And as we get closer to the new year, the network has released a first teaser trailer to boost anticipation. And so far, so good!
As the biopic is based on Braxton’s successful 2014 memoir of the same name, it will tackle all the things she shared in that book, including the ups and downs she’s had in the music industry, her financial struggles, her relationship woes, raising her autistic son, Diezel, and of course, her health problems. The preview trailer shows star Lex Scott Davis as the singer throughout her career, including a scary scene where the star is being rushed to the hospital.
Check out the preview for yourself and let us know what you think. The biopic will be produced by Kenneth “Babyface Edmonds,” and not only will Braxton contribute to the project (other Lifetime biopics have been without the support of the artists or the family’s of the artists who are the subject), she will appear in the film as herself.
Lifetime recently released the first photos from Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, and it looks like it could be quite interesting. One photo depicts actress Lex Scott Davis, who has been cast as Braxton, during a performance scene. Another shows the real Toni with Lex and the four actresses who have been cast to play her sisters.
The Grammy Award-winning singer’s long-awaited biopic is set to premiere on Saturday, January 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and as previously reported, will document the singer’s professional and personal journey to superstardom.
“Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart follows the singer’s journey from her discovery by mega producers L.A. Reid and Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds to her battle with Lupus,” the network explains in a press release. “The movie also delves into how she made it through her public divorce all while navigating her son’s autism and family struggles. Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart chronicles the untold measures the wildly talented artist took to make herself and her family whole again, becoming a global inspiration.”
From what we can see, it looks like they did alright in the casting department. And while the network has developed a bit of a reputation for butchering biopics after the whole Aaliyah debacle, it looks like this one might be a good one.
There hasn’t been much news about Un-Break My Heart, the Toni Braxton Lifetime biopic, other than the fact that Toni herself will star in it.
However, ABC Family series Stitchers actress, Tiffany Hines, recently took to twitter to share the news that she was cast in the biopic.
Yay! So excited to be a part of the new movie! #UnbreakmyHeart Dat Braxton life y’all! 😘
— Tiffany Hines (@tiffanyhines) September 30, 2015
While Hines, who previously had a reoccurring role in the FOX series Bones, didn’t share which character she’d be playing, The Grio is reporting that she’s filling the shoes of the baby of the Braxton sisters: Tamar Braxton.
Un-Break My Heart chronicles the personal and professional life of Toni, but from watching just one episode of Braxton Family Values, you’ll understand just how important Toni’s relationship with her three sisters. Therefore, the casting of his movie is crucial.
Not to mention, playing the character of the sassy, joke cracking Tamar is a task in itself, as she’s been candid about being a perfectionist. So, it’s a no-brainer that Tamar will be looking for Hines to bring her A-game and do her character justice.
The roles of Traci Braxton, Towanda Braxton and Trina Braxton have yet to be announced.
What do you all think of Tiffany playing Tamar?
Lifetime has another celeb-centered biopic in the works, and we’re hoping that it’s not a repeat of the fiasco that was Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.
According to Variety, executives at the cable channel recently gave the green light on a TV movie about the life of Grammy Award-winning songstress, Toni Braxton.
The film is reported to be based on—in addition to bearing the same title as—Braxton’s 2014 memoir, Un-Break My Heart, which addressed the singer’s battle with lupus, financial struggles, her divorce and her son’s autism diagnosis.
Braxton is at the helm of the project, fulfilling roles as both an executive producer and actress. Joining the legendary vocalist in the executive producer role will be Craig Baumgarten, Erik Kritzer, and Marcus Grant. The treatment for the biographical TV film was penned by Susan McMartin, and Vondie Curtis-Hall will direct. Production is slated to begin later this year.
Considering that Miss Braxton has her hand in the pot, we’re hopeful that the finished product will be something that she can be proud of.